I think one thing is pretty certain. There is no racism in FF drafts.
That's a fair point, Guru.
The money involved is of course just -slightly- different, but there are obvious parallels between real NFL football and fantasy football.
Have you guys ever felt like an owner in your fantasy draft passed over a player because of race? For fantasy owners I would guess the chance that's happened is extremely rare.
I haven't. I've seen a few people pass on players due to "character issues" though. But "character issues" covers a lot of ground from "likelihood of being suspended" to "I don't like thugs". Race is pretty defined.
What if people are more likely to believe that blacks have "character issues," given the same set of observations?
Then I guess that would fall into passing on a player due to race. I've just never seen anything that overt in any FF league I was a part of. Players coming off suspensions, players 1 strike away from missing a season, players with criminal charges pending --- I've seen those players avoided by some FF owners.
I don't think it's overt, I think it's rationalized. Marshawn Lynch blows 0.08 on a breathalyzer and people call him a thug; Jim Irsay has $30K worth of drugs in his car and people say he's an alcoholic.
Before mischaracterizing this as a race issue, let's review the record: Lynch not only has been charged with a DUI (.10), context was it occurred hours before he was set to attend a youth football camp. Back in 2008, he stole $20 from a woman, right out of her hand; unfortunately the woman was a cop's wife (so bizarre). Several years later he's charged and pleads guilty to a hit-and-run of a woman he clips with his Porsche and drives on. And, he has a felony charge for concealed weapon, to boot. Certainly not the worst rap sheet we've seen from an athlete, but he's no Russell Wilson, either.
To insinuate we're all engaging in "rationalized" racism with Lynch is pretty disingenuous.